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63% of Latvians feel unsafe about their data on the Internet

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With the growing number of cyber-crimes threatening natural persons in particular, more than 63% of Latvia’s residents are concerned about their data on the Internet. Moreover, the inhabitants are particularly worried about their financial security and computer viruses endangering their personal information.

Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUMore than half of Latvia’s population (63%) using the Internet, are not sure about their data security on the Internet, while 25% are rather unsure, indicate the survey data by Panda Security.

Comparatively, women are more unsure about their data security than men, while young people, aged 15 to 24 years, feel the most secure.

As the main security risks, the inhabitants of Latvia consider the loss of important information due to computer viruses (90%) and the possibility that their banking data can be used in a financial scam (83%). Concerns about child safety on the Internet take the third place, especially among women.

In terms of users’ safety, the inhabitants of Latvia feel secured against cyber-criminals, because 86% of the surveyed have an antivirus program, but at the same time only slightly more than half are ready to pay for it – 53%. According to the respondents, the biggest risk factor is going on suspicious internet sites, which are the main source of computer viruses (82%).

The survey results show the inhabitants of Latvia are beginning to recognize that their virtual safety is not isolated from the rest of the world. There is awareness that cyber-crimes do not take place only «there, outside», and the perception of word «safety» is also changing – it is not only understood as iron doors and lighted streets, but also in the view of the left trails in the virtual environment, says the Head of the company Guntars Netenbergs.

According to the State Police Cyber-Crime Combating Department data, in the first half of 2010, 151 cases were registered regarding cyber-crimes, of which in 66 cases criminal procedures were initiated and investigation is being carried out.

These figures indicate a gradual and stable increase in violations on the Internet. As a result, cyber-crimes are becoming increasingly common and more dangerous to the society, as the extent of the caused damages is growing. If at the beginning of cyber-crimes the main aim was self-actualization, now it is illegal economic benefit, points out the State Police Cyber-Crime Combating Department Chief Aleksandrs Buko.

Inhabitants are becoming more aware that cyber-criminals are not as interested in companies’ as in private persons’ data, because the latter do not sufficiently maintain their safety. However, at the same time, a certain situation misevaluation is seen by the fact that many respondents believe computer risks have been exaggerated.


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